Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Parker MacDonald
Parker MacDonald began his career in the Toronto Maple Leafs' chain, and played his first game during the 1952-53 season. After finally getting to play full-time in 1954-55, New York plucked MacDonald from the Leafs' roster in the Intra-League Draft, but his fate was to continue to be shuffled between the Rangers and their AHL affiliates for four seasons.

When New York gave up on MacDonald, he sought out a doctor to examine his chronically sore shoulder and was astonished to find out that a chunk of metal was still embedded in it, the result of a broken drill left in him from a previous operation. Detroit grabbed MacDonald in the Intra-League Draft in 1960 and made him a regular.

Feeling much stronger, MacDonald showed the kind of offensive prowess his career had promised but not yet delivered--playing on a line with Gordie Howe and Alex Delvecchio can do that to a player!

In 1962-63, MacDonald scored 33 goals, eight of which were game winners. After five seasons with the Wings, he was traded to Boston, lasted just half a season, and was traded back to Detroit. During the 1967 Expansion Draft, MacDonald was chosen by the Minnesota North Stars. After two seasons in the Twin Cities, he retired to pursue a coaching career. MacDonald returned to Minnesota in 1973-74, this time to coach the North Stars. He lasted one season, and later coached the Los Angeles Kings in 1980-81.

Parker MacDonald was elected to the Cape Breton Sports Hall of Fame in 1987.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1949-50 Sydney Millionaires CBSHL 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 0
1950-51 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 51 31 22 53 50 13 9 5 14 6
1951-52 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 52 39 51 90 58 6 2 3 5 4
1952-53 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 55 39 20 59 48 7 3 2 5 4
1952-53 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 1 0 0 0 0
1952-53 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 1 0 0 0 0
1953-54 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 70 29 24 53 22 5 0 2 2 0
1954-55 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 62 8 3 11 36 4 0 0 0 4
1954-55 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 8 3 4 7 2
1955-56 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 58 35 32 67 60 3 0 3 3 2
1956-57 New York Rangers NHL 45 7 8 15 24 1 1 1 2 0
1956-57 Providence Reds AHL 2 4 1 5 0
1957-58 New York Rangers NHL 70 8 10 18 30 6 1 2 3 2
1958-59 Buffalo Bisons AHL 67 17 21 38 58 11 2 7 9 8
1959-60 New York Rangers NHL 4 0 0 0 0
1959-60 Springfield Indians AHL 65 37 36 73 16 10 3 7 10 4
1960-61 Detroit Red Wings NHL 70 14 12 26 6 9 1 0 1 0
1961-62 Detroit Red Wings NHL 32 5 7 12 8
1961-62 Hershey Bears AHL 20 10 4 14 8
1962-63 Detroit Red Wings NHL 69 33 28 61 32 11 3 2 5 2
1963-64 Detroit Red Wings NHL 68 21 25 46 25 14 3 3 6 2
1964-65 Detroit Red Wings NHL 69 13 33 46 38 7 1 1 2 6
1965-66 Boston Bruins NHL 29 6 4 10 6
1965-66 Detroit Red Wings NHL 37 5 12 17 24 9 0 0 0 2
1966-67 Detroit Red Wings NHL 16 3 5 8 2
1966-67 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 59 16 30 46 18 9 1 3 4 4
1967-68 Minnesota North Stars NHL 69 19 23 42 22 -18 14 4 5 9 2
1967-68 Memphis South Stars CPHL 5 2 3 5 2
1968-69 Minnesota North Stars NHL 35 2 9 11 0 -14
1968-69 Memphis South Stars CHL 28 6 11 17 0
1969-70 Iowa Stars CHL
NHL Totals 676 144 179 323 253 75 14 14 28 20


AHL Second All-Star Team (1956, 1960) Signed as a free agent by Toronto (Pittsburgh-AHL), September 28, 1953. Claimed by NY Rangers from Toronto in Intra-League Draft, June 5, 1956. Claimed by Detroit from NY Rangers in Intra-League Draft, June 8, 1960. Traded to Boston by Detroit with Albert Langlois, Ron Harris and Bob Dillabough for Ab McDonald, Bob McCord and Ken Stephanson, May 31, 1965. Traded to Detroit by Boston for Pit Martin, December 30, 1965. Claimed by Minnesota from Detroit in Expansion Draft, June 6, 1967.
Named playing-coach of Iowa (CHL), February, 1969.